Last name: COFFIN

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COFFIN : This last name is indexed 185,813 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

COFFIN : English (southwestern England of Norman origin) and French: nickname from Middle English cofin coffin Old French cof(f)in (from Late Latin cophinus Greek kophinos) ‘container basket; coffer chest (for keeping treasures documents armour etc.)’. Early bearers of this as a hereditary surname were of knightly rank. Old French cofin was synonymous with coffer and it may be that Cofin was used to denote a keeper of the (royal) coffer attested in Anglo-Latin cofferarius. Compare Coffer. The modern English word coffin is a specialized development of this term not attested until the 16th century.

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